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Microsoft's Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to its release date early next year. The first release candidate is out, and ZDNet has a review of how the new OS is progressing. Containing much more than what Windows Vista Beta 2 had, RC1 is a step in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement, and we may end... Read more...
Though the RIAA has filed lawsuits against thousands of people, many of the cases are settled out of court. Those who defend themselves have found mixed success fighting the RIAA, with results ranging from successfully winning their case, to loosing to the RIAA by default. In a recent case, the defendant has requested that their hard drive... Read more...
Intel could be announcing a cut in up to 10% of its work force as early as next Tuesday. The cut could be a result of a few disappointing financial quarters, and is likely to affect those who work in the marketing department. Intel's reason is that the marketing personnel to salesperson ratio is disproportionate to its competitors.... Read more...
The second beta for Mozilla's Firefox 2 browser has been released. As the release notes explain, the browser includes built-in phishing protection, improvements with the visual interface and tabbed browsing system, a browsing session restore feature, and enhanced search capabilities. There's plenty more to check out, so get downloading.... Read more...
The first public Beta of Microsoft's XNA Game Studios Express is now available for download via Microsoft's site. XNA Game Studios Express is the free version of Microsoft's XNA tools, which allows users to develop games for the XBox 360, using Windows XP.... Read more...
AT&T is the latest telecommunications company to be hacked, as it announced on Tuesday that information for up to 19,000 customers has been compromised. The stored information was in relation to those who purchased equipment for their DSL connection through AT&T's online store. In an attempt to keep customers happy, AT&T... Read more...
There's no word on these being any kind of official prices, but Amazon.com has given some price indications on various builds of Windows Vista. According to the site, Windows Vista Ultimate will retail for around $400, while the Home version will cost $239. The cheapest package is the $99 Basic upgrade from Windows XP.... Read more...
DailyTech.com is reporting on rumors of the demise of ATI's All-In-Wonder series, which combines the power of a graphics card, with the media functionality of a TV Tuner. One interesting bit of information they point out, is the fact that there was no mention of an AIW product in ATI's recent GPU roadmap.... Read more...
If you're interested in how your computer might fare with the still-in-development Battlefield 2142, AMD Zone has a preview of the game's performance with the latest beta build of the game. When looking at the scores, keep in mind "beta build". "For our testing we ran... Read more...
Crysis the highly anticipated shooter from Crytek, might not be able to run in all of its graphical glory on the XBox 360 and Playstation 3. Both next generation consoles lack the ability to render certain effects made possible by Microsoft's DirectX 10, which will be made available with Windows Vista.... Read more...
Last year the Hard Drive manufacturing industry started releasing drives with perpendicular recording technology, in an effort to maintain a steady growth in disk capacity. Of course, while the new technology is certainly welcomed, it's only a temporary fix. The race is still on to develop new technology to further increase drive capacity,... Read more...
The somewhat easy to use(in terms of 3D Rendering software) Bryce 5 has been made a free download, now available at CNet's download.com. As reported on Digg.com, the download window ends September 6th. "Create breathtakingly realistic 3D landscapes and animations with DAZ Bryce... Read more...
As Yahoo! News reports, AOL is fully commited to continuing the drastic changes that are being made to its service. The latest change for AOL is their decision to jump into the online film distribution market, as they are announcing plans to start selling movies and TV shows through their service. Movies will likley retail from $9.99... Read more...
Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out,... Read more...
Microsoft has released the first release candidate of Internet Explorer 7, which means the browser is not far off from its final build. You can find out more about there browser here, and can click here for a direct link to the download page.... Read more...
Apple has recalled 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after reports of nine different devices overheating, causing injury to two people. The batteries were sold with the Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 through October 2003, to August 2006. This will be the second major notebook battery recall this month, with Dell recalling 4.1... Read more...
Today it was announced that Apple has agreed to a settlement in which it must pay $100 Million to Creative Technology Ltd. Creative filed 5 patent lawsuits against Apple over the navigation system used with Apple's iPod MP3 player, claiming Apple violated patents that were already granted to Creative. Apple had filed two patent-infringement... Read more...
With the summer coming to a close, you may find yourself inside a bit more, and thus in the need for a new computer to get through the winter months. Those of you heading back to school may also find yourself in the same situation. Students aren't usually known for their large bank accounts though, but fear not, as you can still build... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces Cutting Edge SD Dual Memory Cards OCZ Technology Announces Cutting Edge SD "Dual" Memory Cards--High performance Secure Digital and USB Drive in One Sunnyvale, CA - August 21, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their... Read more...
In a somewhat controversial move, Microsoft will be including a new feature in its messaging services which will allow users to contact police with just a few clicks of the mouse. If you're a resident of the United Kingdom, the new "Report Abuse" icon will appear on your Windows Live Messenger or... Read more...
YouTube.com has seen tremendous growth since its start back in February of 1995, thanks in part to its ability to let anyone become the star of their own show. Television network NBC has certainly taken notice of the service's popularity, as they've decided to resurrect a dead sitcom pilot into a new show for the 2006-07 schedule,... Read more...
Image quality isn't as big a selling point as performance when it comes to graphics cards, though it's still a highly important issue. After all, what's the point of throwing down the cash for a top performing card if the image quality isn't up to par with the competition? FiringSquad does another image quality comparison between... Read more...
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